News of the World?: Fake Sheikhs and Royal Trappings Paperback – 14 May 2009
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About the Author
Before Peter Burden became an author, he was many things - a fashion king, writer of radio jingles and restaurant troubadour in the 70's, the owner of a non-winning racehorse and tycoon manque in the 80's. He travelled to Morocco and Turkey in the early 70's buying ethnic garments and gathering much life experience. In 1975 he launched the cult jeans brand, Midnight Blue. His first novel Rags was based on his adventures in the fashion trade, and became a best seller. Several more novels followed, including collaborations in turf fiction with John Francome and more recently was responsible for transforming Jenny Pitman into a best-selling novelist, having ghosted three best sellers for her, starting with On the Edge. He collaborated with Channel 4 in writing Jungle Janes, an account of one of the first reality TV shows which featured 12 English women (who should have known better) trekking through the jungles of North Borneo. More recently, he ghosted the posthumous autobiography of 60's heartthrob, David Hemmings and worked with British movie icon, Leslie Phillips on his book, Hello. He has written under his own name and several pseudonyms - as genre or voice have required. Fake Sheikhs & Royal Trappings is his 22nd published title. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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A major target of this accusation is "fake sheik" Mazher Mahmood, who in a perverse role-reversal happens to be the subject of an act of reputation bashing on behalf of the author. He claims that Mahmood was fired from The Sunday Times after trying to change information on the paper's mainframe to save face. True or not, it is hardly the major issue that is portrayed and underplays the fact that journalism, particularly tabloid,is about finding stories that interest the public.
He does acknowledge that Mahmood has had some major coups in bringing down major criminals, but reckons that he has lost his touch and has not had a significant story in years. This is rather harsh, given that Mahmood himself admits that he cannot keep carrying off the fake sheik guise due to familiarity.
The rest of the book feels like it was written by a man on the outside looking in, which is fair enough, as the author is indeed by his own admission, not a journalist. Some of his arguments make for strong opinion, but opinion is a weaker weapon than hard fact and that makes it unconvincing in places. In particular, his personal link to Guy Pelly via his daughter, is written from the angle that he is a nice young man who got coaxed into a sleazy nightclub by a naughty tabloid.Read more ›
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Peter Burden admits that he is not a journalist but he does a very journalistic examination of the methods used by News of the World to get some of their big front page stories and... Read morePublished on 25 April 2012 by C. Wilson
Fake sheikhs and royal trappings
I read this book in one sitting. I am interested in the British media and recently we have had our fill on what has been happening at the News... Read more